Polymer Takes Cue From Glow Worms
How many times have you opened a bag or other enclosure, only to find that you don't have enough light to be able to see what's inside? An Austrian company may have a solution.
According to company spokesman Gerd Dressen: "Our foil simply copies what glow-worms have done for millions of years."
(From Nature's Magic - Bioluminescence -
Natural Phenomena with Medical Applications
This site has excellent multimedia presentations
on this subject.)
Researchers from Bayer Polymers in Austria were able to synthesize the chemicals that glow worms use, and then create layers of thin, luminescent foil. This foil can then be sewn into handbags or wallets, providing enough light for the bottom of the bag or enclosure. They found that even a very slight electrical charge could make the new chemical generate enough light to see by.
Production of their Smart Surface technology will start in spring; prototypes are already available. The strips require little electricity and are powered by a small watch battery.
The problem of low-level lighting has been tackled many times by science fiction writers. In his 2003 book Altered Carbon, Richard Morgan refers to illuminum, a kind of foil that gives off its own light. Fans of classic sf will of course remember Frank Herbert's glowglobe, from his award-winning 1965 novel Dune.
See the original article here.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 12/6/2003)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )
Related News Stories -
XPrize's Diamandis Implants RFID Tag In Hand
'People in Manhattan have replaced their Freedom Card with a radio-frequency chip about the size of a vitamin pill.'- John Twelve Hawks, 2014.
Raffia, The Google Streetview Camel
The old and the new, together.
pd.id Personal Drink ID Device Like Dune 'Poison Snooper'
'The jeweled hands clutching drinks (and the unobtrusive inspections with tiny remote-cast snoopers)...'- Frank Herbert, 1965.
SF Authors Have Wearable Computing Ideas
The device would need to convey essential information, to the wearer and perhaps to those around him.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Rollkers Walking Skates
'Each had three small, rubber-covered wheels, one in front and two in the rear.'
Google Patents Douglas Adam's Genuine People Personalities For Robots
'Let's build robots with Genuine People Personalities,' they said.'
Fix Michigan Roads, Or Get Hovercars?
'Dead for many years was the old concept of smooth, hard-surfaced, almost polished highways...'
eMotionButterfly Ultralight Robot From Festo
'Artificial butterflies darted along invisible beams...'
Graphene Cytobot - Cyborg Bacterial Spores May Help Astronauts
'[It] had not yet objected to being made over into a portion of an electronic system... '
XM82 Personal Flamethrower Now In Development
'Skeletons in tatters. Burned by a flesh gun'
Delightful Plen2 Mirror Robot - The Anti-Terminator
Time for fun, Will Robinson!
LiquiGlide Will Be Everywhere
'They poured the remnants of eggs out of their frictionless cups...'
US Customs Now Doing Facial Recognition At DC Airport
Are you who you say you are?
How Many Systems In That Galactic Empire Now?
'An Empire to twenty million stellar systems...'
Petman Robot Pushes Itself To The Limit
'There was the butler robot, hard at work, his copper face expressionless...'
Coleus LED 'Skylight' Dispenses Natural Sunlight Indoors
'How do they work it so that the sky is visible at every level of the city?'
UR3 Robot At Work On Copies Of Itself
'I don't mean that you should construct this ultra-microrobot with your own fingers, of course...'
3D Printing 'Terminator T-1000-Style'
Not quite 'a mimetic polyalloy...'
Norlin Shoe Drone Robot UAV In-Store Delivery Thing
'Robot-salesmen were everywhere, gesturing, pleading, shrilling.'
Bridge-MINDER Repair Robot
'The repair robots had started out on their rounds...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories